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The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

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In the 1970s, New York City hit rock bottom. Crime was at its highest, middleclass exodus was in high gear, and bankruptcy loomed. Many people credit New Yorks “master builder,” Robert Moses, with turning Gotham around, despite his heavy-handed ways. Roberta Brandes Gratz contradicts this conventional view. She argues that New York City recovered precisely because of the waning power of Moses and the growing influence of Jane Jacobs, the pioneer of organic renewal projects.

As American cities face a new economic crisis, Jacobss philosophy is again vital for metropolitan life. Gratz gives an on-the-ground account of urban renewal and community success. Her writing—at once personal, political, and instructive—breaks down how the impossible was achieved.

Synopsis:

The titanic clash of wills between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs in the 1960s and how their dueling perspectives helped to define contemporary urban life

About the Author

Roberta Brandes Gratz is an award-winning journalist, urban critic, and author whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, Nation, and Daily News, among others. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568586786
Author:
Gratz, Roberta Brandes
Publisher:
Nation Books
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
from 18

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